Michelle Pfeiffer, Heidi Klum, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Alec Baldwin arrive at the 69th annual Emmy Awards. (Sept. 17)
Kate McKinnon had some very kind words Sunday for the woman who she impersonated on the way to winning a second consecutive Emmy: Hillary Clinton.
“I’m certainly a great admirer of hers and I hope that it’s mutual. I think that it is,” the Saturday Night Live performer, who has had dinner with the Democratic presidential candidate, told reporters in the Emmy pressroom. “It’s just been the greatest honor of my life and the greatest role I’ve gotten to play.”
McKinnon, whose political characterizations included Clinton and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, said she couldn’t pick a favorite moment during SNL‘s politically charged season.
“Every week had this special electricity running through it,” she said, calling it “a banner year” for the late-night sketch series.
She embraced the show’s sharp-edged commentary. “Satire is so important whenever there’s anything floating around in the national consciousness and the salience of our show this year proves just that.”
Asked if President Trump had said anything about her portrayal, McKinnon said she hadn’t heard from him.